Album Review: “Amut”, by Dante’s Theory

*With assistance from Mike Marlinski

For fans of: Decapitated, Misery Index; pure death metal with hardcore influences.

Dante’s Theory came into existence in the mid-1990s in Lion City, Singapore.  Though the band has been together for over 20 years, (they were previously known as Pyro, and featured on a compilation disc), their discography boasts of only two, but absolutely slamming EPs. The guys do promise their first full length due out later this year/ early 2018.

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Though their discography might seem lacking, both EPs completely slay. Their riffs are simplistic, but crushing, and their vocalist, Remy’s gutturals are meant to strike fear into the hearts of non-metalheads.

Amut opens with an amazing, slamming riff, comparable to Nihility era Decapitated, in “Qiamat Heretics”. Remy does uncannily sound a LOT like Wojciech Wąsowicz (aka Sauron). The EP ends with the title track, brutality consistent throughout the five tracks.  “Amut” stole away my favourite song spot from “Quamat Heretics”, but noy by much. That sweet bass solo is what got me.

I have to say, my other favourite jam right now is “Ashes of Revenant“, off of their Rise From the Ashes EP. Over the years, Dante’s Theory have been slowly weeding out their simplistic nu metal/hardcore sections and have been gravitating towards a more traditional death metal sound through and through, reminiscent of the mid to late ’90s scene here in Buffalo or down in Florida. All the while, they keep their feet planted firmly in their brutal “less is more” roots, but their sound has certainly evolved to cater to a broader extreme metal audience.

You can check out Dante’s Theory’s discography on their Bandcamp, and while you’re there, you can snag a sweet new shirt from a dope band that you can educate all of your friends about. And, if you’ve got a few extra minutes, there’s a quick video of their full set from earlier this month.  Cheers, mates!

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